Five festive TV and streaming tips for Wednesday


Here are some of the great shows of today. . .

Rachael Blackmore: A Great Year, 9:25 p.m., RTÉ One

We all have our sporting biases, but there’s no doubt that 2021 has been roughly a year of years for Rachael Blackmore.

Here’s a look at the jockey’s rise to the pinnacle of horse racing and her historic success when she became the first female jockey to win the English Grand National.

She also became the first woman to lead the jockey at the Cheltenham Festival with six wins.

Blackmore’s groundbreaking accomplishments have earned him the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year 2021 and the BBC Sports Personality World Sport Star of the Year award.

This documentary features contributions from Rachael and her family, as well as legendary jockeys AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh.

Quizness by Tom Allen, 10:00 p.m., Channel 4

The ubiquitous Tom Allen invites actress Siobhán McSweeney, comedian Jo Brand, TV judge Robert Rinder and presenter AJ Odudu to compete to win up to £ 25,000 for charity.

As usual, there is a twist to the comedy quiz – if they are to win the game, they have to prove their intelligence by looking silly, with devilish questions on everything from Richard III to Big Bird.

Frankie Boyle’s New World Order 2021, 10:00 p.m., BBC Two

The Bearded Boyler might not be Irn Bru’s box for everyone, but it should be a fun, scathing review of the year.

Between covid, silly politicians, and the general madness that was in the air, it’s going to be difficult to reduce 2021 to a few major events and moments. But it should be fun.

Followed at 10:45 p.m. by a special highlights and unseen sequences returning to the recent broadcast of the show in which the actor tries to make sense of the modern world, with Miles Jupp, Sophie Duker, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Jamali Maddix as guests , Ahir Shah and Désirée Burch.

The Voice Kids, 8:00 p.m., Virgin Media One

The final of the competition begins, promising battles, breathtaking solos and an unforgettable coaching performance.

The 16 young singers are joined by their superstar coaches Melanie C (below), Danny Jones, Pixie Lott and to see who will be crowned champion in a festive final.

Followed at 10 p.m. by Tommy Fleming – Live at Knock Basilica.

A Star is Born, 9:00 p.m., BBC One

The umpteenth remake of this tale, but it’s a pretty good tale.

After a concert, declining music star Jackson Maine bumps into Ally, a nightclub singer-songwriter.

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Their instant chemistry leads to a tumultuous romance as he helps her on the path to stardom.

But Jackson’s alcoholism takes explosive repercussions as his career unfolds.

In case you didn’t know, this Oscar winner stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who also directed.

Fans of the premiere should also watch Lady Gaga on the BBC (11:20 p.m., BBC Two).

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